organization is more despicable and vile than the ACLU, People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, Public Citizen, Greenpeace, the National Abortion Rights
Action League, and the National Organization for Women? The Boy Scouts of
So says the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision last week upholding
the State of Connecticut's three-year old choice to exclude the Boy Scouts
from its state employee charitable contribution list. Even though the state
is eager to condemn the Boy Scouts for its ban on homosexuals, it gives prominent
place to homosexual front groups like the Hartford Gay/Lesbian Health Collective
and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The Connecticut State Employee Charitable Campaign gives millions of dollars
to a variety of non-profit organizations each year. Local Boy Scouts councils
were a grateful recipient of state worker contributions until 2000. That's
when administrators of the charitable campaign decided to drop the BSA in
protest of its moral code.
A notorious terrorist-sympathizing hate group like PETA is unquestioned on
Connecticut's approved index of charities. But a mainstream bastion of moral
character and honor is struck off of the list with great fervor.
So who's the real excluder here? It would be one thing if the Boy Scouts
were the only beneficiary of state employee charitable giving. Instead, America's
finest youth organization is condemned loudly while a host of anti-Scout
organizations continue to receive big bucks from the Connecticut State Employee
In approving the State of Connecticut's discriminatory decision, the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals set dangerous precedent. Fortunately, the Boy Scouts
will be appealing the case. "Rest assured we're working on it. We're going
to take some action," BSA spokesman Gregg Shields told Culture and Family Report.
The Connecticut ruling is not an isolated incident. In another effort to
keep the Boy Scouts out of the public square, radical Leftists in Philadelphia
are pressuring the city council to end a 75-year old agreement with the local
Boy Scouts. The Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout council operates
a headquarters on a half acre of public land that was granted to them in
1928 in perpetuity.
The special interest groups working to destroy the Boy Scouts could easily
start the Queer Scouts of America or join any one of the many homosexual
youth groups that already exist. But they see the Boy Scouts as a ripe target
for the infusion of their radical agenda into our society.
The Left has consistently misrepresented the Boy Scouts as they've spat upon
and booed the young men doing a good turn daily. It is not because the Boy
Scouts are a homophobic hate group that the war is waged against them. In
fact, Scouting teaches its youth to respect others, including homosexuals.
Thus, it is because the Boy Scouts teach the undeniable link between the
preservation of the American family and honor, integrity, and virtue that
the Left is in combat against Scouting.
Homosexuals are denied membership in the Boy Scouts for the same reason that
girls are not allowed in the Scouts. Camping and hiking and troop meetings
are occasions that mold the masculinity and character of young men. The local
Boy Scouts hall is not the place for the culture war to be waged. It is a
private group as are any of the 900 groups that Connecticut state employees
can still voluntarily give their charitable money to. It is a private group
worthy of public adoration and encouragement as the City of Philadelphia
has given it for three-quarters of a century and should continue to do for
another three-quarters of a century.
The Boy Scouts taught me to respect opposing beliefs, and to stand up for
my own. For several generations, the Boy Scouts have been doing a good turn
daily to pass on values and life skills to young men. Now it's time for the
rest of us to do our good turn by standing up for the Boy Scouts.
Hans Zeiger, 18, is a columnist, speaker, and activist. An Eagle Scout, he is president of the Scout Honor Coalition.